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tal to friendship, and I doubt' much, whether it would be an argument of a man's good humour, if he should be rouzed by perpetual teazing, to treat those that do it as his enemies. In a word, , whereas it is a common practice to let a story die, merely because it does not touch, I think such as mention one they find does, are as troublesome to society, and as unfit for it, as Wags, Men of Fire, Good Talkers, or any other apes in conversation; and therefore, for the public benefit, I hope you will cause them to be branded with such a name as they deserve. I am,

SIR, your's,



The case of Ebenezer is a very common one, and is always cured by neglect. These fantastical returns of affection proceed from a certain vanity in the other sex, supported by a perverted taste in

I must publish it as a rule, that no faults which proceed from the will, either in a mistress or a friend, are to be tolerated: but we should be so complaisant to ladies, as to let them displease when they aim at doing it. Pluck up a spirit, Ebenezer; recover the use of your judgment, and her faults will appear, or her beauties vanish. “Her faults begin to please me as well as my own, is a sentence very prettily put into the mouth of a lover by the comic poet; but he never designed it for a maxim of life, but the picture of an imperfection. If Ebenezer takes my advice, the same temper which made her insolent to his love, will make her submissive to his indifference.

I cannot wholly ascribe the faults mentioned in the second letter, to the same vanity or pride in companions who secretly triumph over their friends, in being sharp upon them in things where they are most tender. But when this sort of behaviour does

not proceed from that source, it does from barrens ness of invention, and an inability to support a conversation in a tway dless offensive. 11 It is the same poverty, which makes men speak or write smuttily, that forces thein to talk vexingly. As obscene language is an address to the lewd for apk plause, so are sharp-allusions and appeal to the ile natured. But mean an illiterate is that conversa 2 tion, where one man exercises his wit to make ano ther exercise his patience.

ADVERTISEMENT. Whereas Plagius has been told, again and again, both in public and private, that he preaches excelTently well, and still goes on to preach as well as ever, and all this to a polite and learned audience; this is to desire, that he would not hereafter be so eloquent, except to a country congregation; the proprietors of Tillotson's Works having consulted the learned in the law, whether preaching a sermon they have purchased, is not to be construed publishing their copy.

Mr. Dogood iş desired to consider, that his story is severe upon a weakness, and not a folly.

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From my own Apartment, December 29. ACCORD

ACCORDING to my late resolution, I take the holidays to be no improper season to entertain the towu with the addresses of my correspondents. In my walks every day, there appear all round me very great offenders in the point of dress. An armed taylor had the impudence yesterday in the Park to smile in my face and pull off a laced hati to me, as it were in contempt of my authority and censure. However, it is a very great satisfaction, that other people, as well as myself, are offended with these improprieties. The following notices from persons of different sexes and qualities, are a sufficient instance how useful


lucubrations are to the public. **** Gr's

Jack's Coffee-house, near Guildhall, Dec. 27. " Cousin BICKERSTAFFE, " It has been the peculiar blessing of our family to be always above the smiles or frowns of fortune, and by a certain greatness of mind, to restrain all irregular fondnesses or passions. From hence it is, that though a long decay, and a numerous descent, have obliged many of our house to fall into the arts of trade and business, no one person of us has ever made an appearance that betrayed our being unsatisfied with our own station of life, or has ever affected a mien or gesture un. suitable to it.

“ You have up and down in your writings very justly remarked, that it is not this or the other

honour and esteem, but the well or ill behaving ourselves in those characters. It is therefore with no small concern, that I behold in coffee-houses, and public places, my brethren, the tradesmen of this city, put off the smooth, even and ancient decorum of thriving citizens, for a fantastical dress and figure, improper for their persons and characters, to the utter destruction of that order and distinction which of right ought to be between St, James's and Milk-Street, the camp and Cheapside. gir! I have given myself some time to find out how distinguishing the frays in a lot of muslins, or drawing up a regiment of thread laces, or mak iug a panegyric on pieces of sagathy or Scotch plaid, should entitle a man to a laced hat or sword, a wig tied up with ribbands, or an embroidered coat. The college say, this enormity proceeds from a sort of delirium in the brain, which makes it break out first' about the head, ånd, for want of "timely remedies," fall upon the left thigh, and from thence in little mazes and windings run over the whole body, as appears by pretty ornaments on the buttons,' button-holes, garterings, sides of the breeches, and the like. I beg the favour of you to give us a discourse wholly upon the subject of habits, which will contribute to the better government of conversation among us, and in particular oblige,

6 Sir,

“ Your affectionate cousin,


To Isaac BICKERSTAFFE, Esq. Censor of

Great Britain. The humble Petition of RALPH NAB, Haberdasher

of Hats, and many other poor Sufferers of the same Trade,


“ That for some years last past, the use of gold and silver galoon upon hats has been almost universal, being undistinguishably worn by soldiers, squires, lords, footmen, beaus, sportsmen, traders, clerks, prig's, smarts, cullies, pretty fellows, and sharpers.

" That the said use and custom has been two ways very prejudicial to your petitioners: First, in that it has induced men, to the great damage of your petitionersto wear their hats upon their heads, by which means the said hats last much longer whole than they would do if worn under their arms. Secondly, in that very often a new dressing and a new lace supply, the place of a new hat, which grievance we are chiefly sensible of in the spring time, when the company is leaving the town; it so happening commonly, that a hat shall frequent all winter the finest and best assemblies without any ornaments at all, and in May shall be tricked up with gold or silver, to keep company with rustics, and ride in the rain.

“ All which premisses your petitioners, humbly pray you take into your consideration, and either to appoint a day in your Court of Honour, when all pretenders to the galoon may enter their claims, and have them approved or rejected, or to give us such other relief as to your great wisdom shall seem meet.

And your petitioners, &c." *** Order my friend near Temple-Bar, the author of the Hunting-Cock, to assist the court when this petition is read, of which Mr. Lillie is to give him notice.

To Isaac BIC'KERSTAFFE, Esq. Censor of

Great Britain. The humble Petition of Elizabeth Slender, Spinster,


" That on the 20th of this instant December, her friend Rebecca Hive and your petitioner walking in the Strand, saw a gentleman before us in a gown, whose periwig was so long, and so much powdered, that your petitioner took notice of it, and said, she wondered that lawyer would so spoil a new gown with powder, To, which it was answered, that he was no lawyer, but a clergyman. Upon a wager of a pot of coffee we overtook him, and your petitioner was soon convinced she had


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